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Alexander G. Rabchevsky Presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who

Dr. Rabchevsky has been endorsed by Marquis Who's Who as a leader in the field of physiology

Through his work, Dr. Alexander G. Rabchevsky has become internationally known as a leading expert in autonomic pathophysiology following spinal cord injury.

    LEXINGTON, KY, February 14, 2020 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Alexander G. Rabchevsky with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Rabchevsky celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

A tenured professor of physiology at the University of Kentucky, as well as a faculty member of the Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center on campus, Dr. Rabchevsky has distinguished himself in his field of research for over 30 years. Beginning his professional journey in 1988, he served as a biological laboratory technician in the department of pharmacology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences before subsequently working as a graduate research and teaching assistant at the University of Florida in the college of medicine. Acquired by the University of Kentucky in 1997 as a postdoctoral scholar, Dr. Rabchevsky later achieved full professor status in 2013.

Through his work, Dr. Rabchevsky has become internationally known as a leading expert in autonomic pathophysiology following spinal cord injury. Since 1997, he has avidly investigated multiple therapeutic approaches towards treating experimental spinal cord injury and has received funding to aid in his independent research program. His current efforts are focused on alleviating both hindlimb locomotor and autonomic dysfunction following spinal cord injury in rats employing pharmacological treatments, as well as gene therapy to over-express certain growth factors near injury sites. The laboratory likewise conducts pioneering studies seeking to uniquely characterize bioenergetic damage to mitochondria after contusion spinal cord injury in order to target their dysfunction. As a result of Dr. Rabchevsky's many years of study, he has contributed over 60 articles to various scholarly journals, including the Journal of Neuroscience, Experimental Neurology, Journal of Neurotrauma and the Journal of Comparative Neurology.

Serving his professional community, Dr. Rabchevsky has found success as a member of the board of directors for No Barriers USA from 2010-19 and for Independence Place Kentucky Inc. since 2017. Affiliated with the inaugural North American Spinal Cord Injury Consortium meeting in 2017, he has been a delegate and executive council member, as well as an advisory team member for the bladder and bowel working group through the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation since 2018. Additionally, Dr. Rabchevsky has maintained activity as a member of the board of directors for Unite 2 Fight Paralysis since 2018.

Dedicated to improving the lives of others, Dr. Rabchevsky has been acutely involved in various local causes. Among his countless roles, he has served as the vice president and co-organizer of the annual meeting of the Kentucky Congress on Spinal Cord Injury held in Lexington since 2013, for which there are now well over 100 members. He remains active with several other programs and organizations, including the Spinal Cord Injury Peer Alliance Program and the Kentucky Appalachian Rural Rehabilitation Network.

Becoming involved in the study of physiology by chance, Dr. Rabchevsky suffered paralysis from a motorcycle accident just prior to entering his junior year in college. His injury resulted in the fracture of his sixth thoracic vertebrae, resulting in him becoming a T5 paraplegic. Despite this challenge, he notably received a Bachelor of Science in biology at Hampden-Sydney College in 1988, and a Doctor of Philosophy in neuroscience at the University of Florida in 1995. Dr. Rabchevsky subsequently traveled overseas as a foreign postdoctoral fellow at the University of Paris XII in France, where he studied neuroimmunology in the context of autoimmune diseases. To remain aware of developments in his field, he is likewise a member of such pertinent organizations as the American Society for Neural Therapy and Repair, the Society for Neuroscience, the National Neurotrauma Society and, among others, the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society.

Bestowed with several awards and recognitions from the University of Kentucky, Dr. Rabchevsky originally received a Provost Retention Award from the college of medicine in 2004. He subsequently received an Abraham Flexner Master Educator Award for Outstanding Teaching Contribution from the Center for Excellence in Medical Education in 2008 and several James W. Holsinger Awards for Excellence in Teaching from the department of physiology and the college of medicine between 2013 and 2019. Among other accolades, Dr. Rabchevsky received a Friend of the Year Award from Friends for Michael, Inc. Spinal Cord Injury Organization in 2019, as well as the Tom Gravitt Memorial Advocacy Award at the 2019 meeting of the Kentucky Congress on Spinal Cord Injury. A celebrated Marquis listee, he has been included in the ninth edition of Who's Who in Science and Engineering and the 25th edition of Who's Who in the World.

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